Lawmakers are entering their third full week of the legislative session today and there’s certainly been a lot to talk about. Emotions ran high during debates on eliminating business tax exemptions with both parties pointing fingers at one another. Lawmakers also dealt with other big ticket items such as the public pension system and medical […]

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A long awaited medical Marijuana measure was recently introduced into the state senate. Bente Birkeland analyzes the bill with fellow statehouse reporters as part of our capitol conversation series.

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Colorado’s legislature is back in session and so is our capitol conversation series. State house correspondent Bente Birkeland talks to her colleagues about the Governor’s final state of the state address, his legacy, and a look ahead to what’s in store for the coming months.

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Lawmakers are gearing up for the state’s legislative session, which begins on Jan 13th. We return to our capitol conversation series with state house correspondent Bente Birkeland. She takes an in depth look at legislative issues with fellow state house reporters.

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The state’s legislative session convenes on Jan 13th, and we also return to our capitol conversation series with state house correspondent Bente Birkeland. She takes an in depth look at the issues of the day with fellow state house reporters. Today they’re talking medical marijuana.

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A 1.4 billion dollar budget shortfall, selling full strength beer in grocery stores, and a universal health care proposal…these are just some of the issues lawmakers had to grapple with during this year’s legislative session. Bente Birkeland discusses the highs and lows as part of the Capitol Conversation series.

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The state’s annual legislative session is scheduled to wrap up tomorrow, and lawmakers still have some big issues to grapple with. In the final days the senate will debate one of the most controversial bills of the entire session. Bente Birkeland has more as part of the capitol conversation series.

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The state legislature has less than two weeks left before it adjourns, but there’s still a lot of bills that are making their way through the house and senate chambers. Bente Birkeland talks about what’s left to do as part of our Capitol Conversation series.

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Senate Democrats have selected Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer of Longmont to be the next Senate President. Three other lawmakers were originally interested in the job, but on Friday the members unanimously backed Shaffer. Current senate president Peter Groff will leave at the end of the legislative session to take a job in the […]

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Lawmakers are in the middle of budget negotiations. It’s often a contentious and long process, but this year something kind of unusual happened. Lawmakers had a showdown against the 6-member joint budget committee that writes the budget. Bente Birkeland discusses what happened as part of our Capitol Conversation series.

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Higher education could be facing a drastic budget cut if state lawmakers can’t come up with an alternative to fill a now 300 million dollar budget shortfall. Bente Birkeland talks about one of the proposals being discussed as part of the Capitol Conversation series.

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In the coming days state lawmakers must cut hundreds of millions of dollars from next year’s budget. Bente Birkeland talks to state house reporters about what options are being considered as part of the Capitol Conversation series.

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The State Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a property tax freeze that was backed by Governor Bill Ritter. Republicans argue that the freeze violates the state constitution and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, known as TABOR. Bente Birkeland talks with reporters about the broader implications of the decision as part of the Capitol […]

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Governor Bill Ritter has already signed 31 bills into law this legislative session, but he’s remained relatively quiet on one of the session’s major issues. Bente Birkeland discusses the topic as part of the Capitol Conversation series.

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The state is half way through this year’s legislative session. Bente Birkeland discusses what’s happened so far, the mood at the statehouse, and what’s left to do, with political reporters as part of our capitol conversation series.

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Governor Bill Ritter recently announced a new healthcare proposal that he says will provide health insurance to an additional 100,000 people in Colorado. The Healthcare Affordability Act would increase a fee hospitals currently pay. Bente Birkeland discusses the topic of healthcare with capitol reporters as part of our weekly capitol conversation series.

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The coming days will be busy for the state legislature. It’s the deadline for bills to pass out of each chamber, and the House only has three days to get everything finished because representatives are taking Thursday and Friday off so that members can go back to their districts. Bente Birkeland discusses some of the […]

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Lawmakers are about one third of the way through the state’s legislative session and they’re still dealing with cuts to the current 2008/2009 budget. Bente Birkeland talks about what’s in store in the days ahead with fellow statehouse reporters as part of our weekly capitol conversation series.

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Colorado’s ambitious transportation package recently passed the state senate after hours of debate. All of the senate Republicans and two Democrats voted against the measure. It would increase vehicle registration fees to raise about 250 million dollars each year for roads and bridges. Bente Birkeland discusses the issue with other statehouse reporters as part of […]

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A bill to allow grocery and convenient stores to sell full strength beer will soon work its way through the state legislature. It’s a contentious issue because independent liquor store owners say the measure would put many of them out of business. Bente Birkeland talks beer with her fellow statehouse reporters as part of our […]

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Four members of Colorado’s congressional delegation talked to state lawmakers about the federal economic stimulus package. Bente Birkeland discusses what they said with fellow statehouse reporters.

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The Governor’s office announced millions of dollars in proposed budget cuts to a broad range of key programs. This comes in response to a projected 600 million dollar budget shortfall Colorado faces this year. Bente Birkeland discusses the cuts with statehouse reporters at the capitol as part of our weekly capitol conversation series.

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